SoundHound joins with Deutsche Telekom to provide advanced voice AI capabilities to Deutsche Telekom devices

SoundHound Inc.
, provider of voice-enabled AI and conversational intelligence technologies, announced Thursday a partnership with Deutsche Telekom to bring voice AI capabilities to their devices powered by SoundHound’s Houndify voice AI platform.

Houndify’s technologies represent more than a decade of R&D and innovation by SoundHound, resulting in unique advantages, making it the smartest and most accurate voice AI platform in the market. Houndify’s technologies deliver unprecedented speed and accuracy in voice recognition and responses, and an ability to understand context, such as the user’s location or previous queries, to support natural interactions.

SoundHound’s Houndify Voice AI solutions are designed to help companies deliver better user experiences than manual interfaces — such as keyboards, remote devices and touch screens — while elevating brand images and creating greater connections with customers. 

As a provider of customized voice AI solutions, SoundHound provides multilingual support through the Houndify platform. It currently support 14+ languages including English, German, Japanese, Chinese, Spanish, and Portuguese — and are adding more all the time.

Houndify also gives manufacturers the flexibility to develop a custom wake word and custom domains with access to an extensive library of public domains for everything from weather, to navigation, to music. The platform also allows for the integration of multiple voice assistants to live side-by-side, each with its own wake word.

The partnership with Deutsche Telekom deepens SoundHound’s presence in the telecommunications industry. 

Recently, SoundHound partnered with Motorola to integrate the Houndify Voice AI platform into the company’s products, including moto g6, moto g6 plus, moto z3 plan, and moto z3. Houndify’s Voice AI platform brings speed and accuracy to users of Moto Voice when they make calls, send messages, and access information on weather, navigation, sports, and more.

In addition to the telecom industry, SoundHound has become a partner of choice for players in the automotive, music, and hospitality industries, including Mercedes-Benz, Hyundai, HARMAN, and Pandora.

Houndify’s technologies represent more than a decade of R&D and innovation by SoundHound, resulting in unique advantages, and making it the smartest and most accurate voice AI platform in the market. Houndify’s patented Speech-to-Meaning and Deep Meaning Understanding technologies deliver improved speed and accuracy in voice recognition and responses and an ability to understand context—such as the user’s location or previous queries—to support natural interactions.

Another key advantage of Houndify is its architecture for collaborative intelligence called “Collective AI,” a mechanism that facilitates collaboration among partners and developers by enabling them to extend the functionality of existing knowledge domains. This results in a global AI with comprehensive knowledge that is always learning, with contributions from domain experts, and is larger than the sum of its parts.

Houndify is a platform that allows anyone to add smart, voice-enabled, conversational interfaces to anything with an internet connection. After integrating with Houndify, the connected product will instantly understand a wide variety of questions and commands.

What makes Houndify unique is that rather than being one link in a chain of technologies, Houndify is a one-stop destination for all of the technologies needed to voice enable anything. It includes large scale speech recognition, and combines it with natural language understanding. Houndify is also integrated with many of the most popular data providers, allowing access to information seamlessly.

Developers can get up and running within minutes. It’s also platform agnostic, so that users can build it once and deploy it everywhere. Houndify is available globally, but several of the domains are optimized for use in the U.S. (e.g. local search). We plan to support more countries in the future for these domains, but we don’t have specific timelines for when it might be available in other areas.

“This partnership with Deutsche Telekom enables our Houndify voice AI platform to be harnessed by a world-renowned telecommunications innovator, and we are thrilled to collaborate,” said Keyvan Mohajer, co-founder and CEO of SoundHound. “We look forward to working with Deutsche Telekom to bring the smart voice experiences into the world to delight their users.”

“As one of the world’s leading telecommunications companies, we’re focused on delivering the most innovative and delightful voice experience possible,” said Omar Tazi, SVP of Group Innovation, Products & Customer Experience at Deutsche Telekom. “Partnering with SoundHound Inc. provides us with an innovative and robust voice solution, allowing us to implement the experiences our customers are expecting from us.”

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